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Merritt edges Liu Xiang to win men's 60m hurdles

03-12-2012 14:06 BJT

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At the World Indoor Championships, China’s hurdling superstar Liu Xiang, the favourite is heading into the final of the men’s 60m hurdles. Liu is looking to make a statement heading into this summer’s London Olympics.

In the absence of defending champion Dayron Robles, former Olympic champion Liu Xiang was supposed to find an easy gold in the men’s 60m hurdles.

Merritt edges Liu Xiang to win men's 60m hurdles

Liu, who stormed to gold at the Birmingham indoor meet to open the 2012 season with a win, took to the final along side his most competitive rival, American Aries Merritt. When the race got underway, Liu, who was disqualified due to a false start in Stockholm, had a slow start, which allowed Merritt to exploit.

And after falling behind early, Liu was not able to close the gap on the American. Merritt would lead all the way to take the 60m hurdles in a time of 7.44 seconds to take his first World Indoor title. Liu finished second, a half second off the pace to take the silver medal.

US gold medal winner Aries Merritt (R) embraces silver
medallist Liu Xiang of China at the end of the men's 60m
hurdles final at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Athletics
Championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul.
(AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)


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